“In many ways, the biggest stars of the evening are the almost dozen musicians under the direction of Katie Coleman. Their music soars all night and literally never misses a beat.”
Talkin Broadway

“…pianist Katie Coleman was an absolute knock-out. The Sondheim score makes big demands of the pianist, and Coleman was great.”

“Another great feature of the show is the inclusion of a live band. And it’s not just your average jazz cafe flair; everything from chimes, bells, violins and cellos are included in this genre-bending, electrifying soundtrack. In comparison with the actors, it’s hard to ignore the music as it practically plays a lead role in Lizzie. From exclamations to cartoon-like pauses, the music acts as a quirky accompaniment to the pacing of the story.”

“Incredibly enough, the music, which was originally performed by a 26-piece orchestra in the original 1979 Broadway production is covered brilliantly with only four pit musicians, led by Music director Katie Coleman. ”

“Special kudos go to Coleman as the deadpan Larry, the show’s “fifth Beatle” and secret weapon.”
Mountain View Voice

“Naturally, a rock musical can’t be successful without the dynamic little (five-person) band playing at the back of the stage and lead by Katie Coleman on keyboard. They simply let out all the stops.”
Santa Cruz Sentinel

“Capping off the production team’s noteworthy efforts is musical director Katie Coleman’s fine seven-piece orchestra who do full justice to Sondheim’s score.”
Talkin Broadway

“The band, with musical director Katie Coleman on piano… is excellent.”

“The 13-piece orchestra, under music director Katie Coleman, did justice to Sondheim’s shimmering score…”
Stark Insider

“Katie Coleman’s band (in the program it’s listed as an orchestra, but this is really a band) is hot. The music in this show is challenging, and overall, Coleman’s musicians are up to the task.”
A Good Reed Review

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